CULTURE

Tribute to Arthur Miller and Greek theater on show at the Hellenic American Union

The Hellenic American Union’s cultural series of events for 2007 is about to open with a tribute to Arthur Miller, probably the most significant postwar playwright in the United States. The exhibition «Arthur Miller and the Greek Theater,» curated by drama experts Grigoris Ioannidis and Maria Houliara, will go on display next Monday, January 15. It should be noted that 2007 marks the 60-year anniversary of the first-ever staging of a Miller play in Greece. Miller wrote numerous plays – including the famous «Death of a Salesman,» which earned him the Pulitzer Prize – as well as many successful film scripts, such as «The Misfits.» The first part of the exhibition traces the reception of his work in Greece, based on the two images of America he depicts in his work: On the one hand he presents it as the land of freedom, democracy and wealth and on the other as a field of social questioning. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to have a complete overview of all of Miller’s plays staged in Greek theaters, along with reviews, sketches of set designs and costumes, programs and much more. The second part presents aspects of Miller’s life, as well as the historical framework that influenced him, prompting him to create some of his most important works, through audiovisual, archive material and more. The tribute also aims at highlighting unknown aspects of the Actors Studio, its history and methodology which established it as one of the most successful acting workshops. For 60 years it has been dedicated to the evolution of theater artists, actors, directors and playwrights and has turned into a unique theater organization. The exhibition will run to January 27.